House Rules for blogging
BERA have established the following House Rules so that everyone can get the most out of the Residents' Blog.
We reserve the right to fail comments which...
- Are considered likely to disrupt, provoke, attack or offend others
- Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable
- Contain swear words or other language likely to offend
- Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court.
- Advertise products or services for profit or gain
- Are seen to impersonate someone else
- Include contact details such as phone numbers, postal or email addresses
- Are written in anything other than English
- Contain links to other websites
- Describe or encourage activities which could endanger the safety or well-being of others
- Are considered to be ‘spam’, that is posts containing the same, or similar, content posted multiple times
- Are considered to be off-topic for the blog discussion
BERA welcomes feedback, both positive and negative, but please make sure your comments are in line with the above House Rules. Repeatedly posting personal or offensive comments about individual members of the public or Committe Members may be considered harassment. We reserve the right to remove such messages and take action against those responsible.
What is moderation?
Comments on our blog are checked by nominated BERA Committee Members (Moderators) to make the blog a safe and enjoyable place to be, and ensure that they meet the House Rules. It is their responsibility to moderate the content of the blog and keep the discussions relevent to the topic and within the BERA House Rules. They may close off-topic or other rule-breaking discussions.
Moderation is necessary so that all users can participate in online communities without fear of intimidation by other users or being subjected to offensive content. Also, people may intentionally or unintentionally post content that is unlawful, putting themselves as well as BERA at risk of legal action.
We provide explanations through email for all moderation decisions so that we can make the moderation process as transparent and as fair as possible. In some cases the reasons for removal may not be apparent to other users of the blog, but the person who posted the comment will receive an email explanation when the decision is made to fail it. If the user requires further explanation as to why a blog is rejected, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.